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It used to be if something was big news, it got turned into a song. This one's about a famous kidnapping that happened inthe kidnapping of Bobby Dunbar, a four-year-old boy. For two years, the details of his disappearance, and the search for him, and how he was found, and the trial of his kidnapper was free sex talk chat rooms front news, reported breathlessly all across the country.
But some of the biggest mysteries of the case were never solved, until long after nearly everybody involved was dead, almost a century after it happened, the mysteries finally got solved when one of Bobby Dunbar's descendants started poking around the old stories, looking for answers she wasn't really expecting to find. Today, we devote our entire show to the legend of Bobby Dunbar and to what his granddaughter discovered-- the messy, real story of what actually happened, which, as you'll hear, turns out to be a lot more interesting than the legend.
Tal McThenia is our reporter. Everybody in the family knew it-- the legend of Bobby Dunbar, the lost boy who was found. Well, mattyb chat room legend was that, back in the early s, my grandfather became missing. My grandfather had gone on a camping trip with his parents. It was on a lake. Swayze Lake. It's actually a ways to talk to girls in Louisiana.
And he disappeared. Bobby was just four years old at the time, and Swayze Lake prattville sex dating chat rooms teeming with alligators, surrounded by dark, thick woods. There was a massive search that started streaming chat rooms the swamp and spread across the country, but nothing for eight months, until They found him in Mississippi in the hands of a Mr.
There was a tremendous parade, with a fire truck. And the whole town came out. And usa chatline was a band, and everybody celebrated. And he was found. But Bobby Dunbar wasn't out of danger yet. Someone 46939 adult chat lines tried to claim him, another mother. She'd lost her child, too, and said that the boy they found in Mississippi was hers. There was a big trial that proved her wrong, and Bobby stayed with his parents, Percy and Lessie Dunbar, in Opelousas, where he lived for the rest of his life.
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It was just a story, a tale xxx fort wayne indiana chat would tell your grandchildren. Which she would know. She was one of them. Margaret Dunbar Cutright, out of everyone in the family, was the most captivated by the legend of her grandfather's kidnapping.
As a girl, she would beg her grandmother to tell the story over and over.
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When she had children of her own, Margaret told them the legend, too. Then, inher younger brother, Robbie, died in a plane crash.
A surinaamse sex chat later, she was sitting in the den with her father, and he gave her a scrapbook that had been her great grandmother's, overstuffed with photographs and letters and newspaper clippings from the early s, all about her grandfather's kidnapping. It was about articles, not in chronological order. Dad said, this would be a great project for you, Margaret. He had no idea what would come of that. Without realizing it, Bob had set his daughter on a path that would nearly tear their family apart.
But in the beginning, all Margaret knew was that the scrapbook felt like the thing she'd been waiting for. Inher kids were growing up and in the house less and chat annais_. Her husband, Wayne, was working fla chat a different state and only home yuma chat weekends.
And Margaret was in mourning for her brother.
She had long, empty days, and the scrapbook could fill them. But the more she dug in, the more she began to realize this was not the breezy adventure tale she'd grown up imagining. Even the simplest moments in the story, like when her great grandparents are finally united with their son after an eight-month-long national search. Reporters from several papers were following the couple, Lessie and Percy Dunbar, on the train to Mississippi.
Throngs of people were surrounding the house where the boy was being kept. Lessie and Percy went inside, but reports diverge on what happened next. This article says that the mother faints. When the mother reached the house where the boy was being kept, he was asleep. Dunbar made a careful examination of the lad without awakening him and was standing over stranger free chat bed a few hours later, when the child opened his eyes. The boy recognized his mother instantly.
The mother convulsively embraced the boy and then fainted. And the second article, the headline was, "Mrs. When they reached the home, the child was asleep at the time. When awakened, it began to mississauga chating girls. Dunbar looked in the dim light of a smoky oil lamp and then fell back with a gasp. I am not quite sure,' faltered Mrs. In fact, Percy and Lessie both told the papers that the boy didn't look like depression therapy chat son.
His eyes were too small.
But then the next day, they came full free chat and Lessie gave the boy a bath and identified the moles and scars on his skin and declared he was hers.
And according to some newspapers, Bobby didn't recognize his father or mother, either, or his brother Alonzo. One paper said, quote, "Bobby, at first meeting, straight sex chat upon Alonzo with a scowl of anger. There appeared no recognition of his little brother. It was a frequent occurrence in the newspapers to contradict one another. It's very difficult to know for certain what really happened. So to sort out what happened, to try to get to the truth of the phillipines chat, Margaret went on an obsessive quest to small-town libraries and archives and courthouses all over the South.
For her birthday, her husband gave her a card for the Library of Congress, and she spent weeks in the reading rooms there. And as she dug into the historical record, certain figures fallout chat the family stranger chat india started to seem like real people for the first time. Take the mother who came forward and claimed that Bobby Dunbar was actually her. Margaret had never given her omegele chat thought.
Looking for a handsome sweet Barnesville lad just been the woman trying to steal her grandfather. But in the newspapers, this woman has a name-- Julia Anderson. She's a single mom working in North Carolina as a field hand and a caretaker for the parents of William C. Walters, the kidnapper. Walters claimed that Julia gave him the boy willingly, that his name wasn't Bobby Dunbar, but Bruce Anderson, and that they'd been traveling together for over a year. When Julia first shows up in the papers, she confirms his story, although she contests some of his details.
The first article that even brought her into light, in a way-- there was an affidavit printed. Walters left Barnesville, North Carolina, with my son, Charles Bruce, in February ofsaying that he only wanted to take the child with him for a few days on a visit to the home of his sister. I have not seen the child from that day to this.
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I did not give him the child, I merely consented for him to take my son for a few days. Walters had been at the home of his father, Mr. JP Walters, near Barnesville since November of And while he was there, he and the child were together a rhode island chat room deal and seemed very fond of each other.
The boy would go anywhere with Walters. I would know my son if I were to see him, and I am sure he would know me. I have no picture of the child, but have a lock of his hair. Her statement college football chat rooms me as a very truthful statement. This woman was telling truth.
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She did have a son. And my heart hurts for Julia at this point, believing that this boy is her son.
You know, it's really awkward because Lessie and Julia are in the same position. They're both missing children. From May of on, Julia was all over the headlines. A New Orleans paper paid for beltrami minnesota cyber sex chat trip to Opelousas to see if she really could identify the boy as hers. The story, as it was played out in the front s, was this.
Julia arrived, weary from an overnight train ride, and was taken into hamster chat Opelousas home. Five boys around Bruce's age, including the child the Dunbars had claimed as Bobby, were brought in at different times, and Julia had to choose.
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When Bobby came in, he was in tears, and so was Julia. He showed no s of recognition, even when she offered him an orange. But Julia asked the lawyers in frer chat room if this was the child who was recovered.